As a young woman boxes up her ex-boyfriend’s belongings and prepares to see him one last time, she wonders where it all went wrong, and whether it was ever right to begin with. Burdened with a broken heart, she asks herself the age-old question . . . is love really worth it? Out of Love is a bittersweet romance told in reverse.
Beginning at the end of a relationship, each chapter takes us further back in time, weaving together an already unravelled tapestry, from tragic break-up to magical first kiss. In this dazzling debut Hazel Hayes performs a post-mortem on love, tenderly but unapologetically exploring every angle, from the heights of joy to the depths of grief, and all the madness and mundanity in between. This is a modern story with the heart of a classic: truthful, tragic and ultimately full of hope.
Out Of Love by Hazel Hayes is published on 11 June 2020 by Unbounders, 354 pages
I loved this book!!!
The story starts off at the end, so you know that the couple have broken up. Their story is then told in reverse, each chapter revealing a little more of their history as individuals, as a couple and whilst showing pivotal moments in the relationship.
I think fans of Sally Rooney are going to go nuts for this book, the story has the same raw and emotional feel to it. Throughout the pages a range of topics are discussed such as mental health, guilt, sexuality, family and may other topics and it was fascinating to see how something so simple on the surface, like a break up, goes so much deeper. It felt real and relatable.
I have read a few books now with a reverse timeline and this is, by far, the most successful. I love that the author admits that the characters short fall when writing stories is endings which makes the reversed timeline even more ingenious.
I can’t wait to see what this author does next.
Thank you to @annecater @TheHazelHayes and @unbounders for my #gifted copy in exchange for review.